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  1. I will be in Hampton Bays next weekend and am looking for some recommendations for dinner. We can go to Southampton, Bridgehampton, Tuckahoe. Any restaurants worth checking out? This is for a birthday dinner for my mother, so some place nice-ish but not fancy or stuffy, with really good food. We like Italian and American-type places. Had a reservation at Montauk Yacht club but think it's a bit far out to drive...
  2. Dined at Elevation Burger on opening night. I am a huge fan of Five Guys for quick, fast-food burger, so I'm somewhat biased going into this post. I found the Elevation Burger a bit flavorless and greasy (probably b/c of the cheddar which had melted to all but oblivion) and agree that the grass-fed beef does not benefit from being cooked at what is probably very high heat to well done. It needs moderate heat to medium at best. I also do not see the point in frying the french fries in olive oil. They were not crisp or exceptional. As far as the milkshakes, they used Blue Bunny ice cream, which
  3. Will be in St. Louis for long weekend in June. Heard that Revival is closing. Sad about that. Are there any new restaurants around to try? Anyone been to Hubert Keller's place? I've already got my reservation at Niche, which I love and am excited to revisit? Anything new? Any thoughts much appreciated! Thanks so much, Emily
  4. Are there any ice cream shops in Portland I should hit when I'm out next month? It's getting to be that time of year. I'm a bit of a fanatic and would love to see what Portland's got to offer. thanks!
  5. I got an amazing, uber-moist carrot cake from Flour Patch that was decorated with cookies for my sister's birthday. It was really wonderful. And they were super nice. My aunt got one of their vanilla/yellow cakes and said it was dry, reminiscent of day-old pound cake. I cannot attest, but she is a super-skilled baker and I trust her opinion. I love Gina's cake but am not a fan of their less-than-pleasant service, and their high prices. I would be curious to hear other opinions.
  6. Had dinner there for the first time last night. Was not a busy--though we ended up there around 9PM. My initial impression of the restaurant was that the staff was not on top of their cleaning duties! I spotted a couple of flies buzzing and tables were not being bused as quickly as I would have liked. There was also food on the floor, fries that had fallen off people's tables, things like that. Not filthy by any means but not the way I think a restaurant should present itself. It's always hopping, though, so I stayed and my boyfriend said his mushroom/swiss burger was good. Not great. Fries we
  7. After a bit more research, here is what I've decided on. And I should have said that leaving South Beach for dinner is no problem at all: Thursday: Michy's Friday: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink Saturday: Talula, Vix or Prime 112. They all look interesting and I'd love to hear other people's opinions of these spots. And somewhere in between all of this I'd love to hit up Icebox Cafe for Brunch or Lunch. I was thinking that for drinks we have to see the Delano and maybe Aftergio. Any other drinks spots on South Beach we should hit. And while I'm asking locals, between the Ritz, the Sagam
  8. I'm having dinner with a friend who just moved to West New York and we're trying to find some place to eat dinner. We want delicious food only, be it a great Mexican joint, great Chinese or even a good pie! Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  9. Hi All, I will be in South Beach for a long weekend in October. I've got reservations at Michy, Prime 112, Sardinia, and Vix. Are there any other spots that I must hit or (off of this list) should not hit? Thanks very much for your help! EM
  10. I'm cooking dinner on Friday night and wanted to get some really good-quality beef but don't know where to go. I want USDA Prime aged beef. Does anyone know where I can go more locally than NYC, like in NJ (Hudson, Bergen, Passaic, Essex Counties, etc?) I am off on Friday and would love to avoid having to drive in on my one day off! Thanks! Emily
  11. you would be shocked, Curlz, at what Gina's charged me for the cake I described above. It was a half sheet cake--but with whipped cream frosting which I guess I thought would be cheaper than buttercream. It was highway robbery and they were just so rude on top of it. I won't be going back!
  12. I had a carrot cake from Flour Patch Bakery, which they decorated with their signature iced cookies and iced cookie lolli pops. It was a tall cake with the cookies stuck to the side and sticking out of the top on the pops. It was bright and fun! The cake itself was very moist and tasty, though my aunt said that their vanilla cake tasted like day-old pound cake. I haven't had it so I can't say. The staff were pleasant and friendly on the phone. I think Gina's makes a good cake and especially like the vanilla cake/lemon curd/raspberry filling/ whipped cream frosting combination but have had bad
  13. Despite my post about how easy it is to get to NJ, there may not be that much food- wise to entice people from NY to travel to NJ. I eat most of my meals-out in NYC (and I am born and bred and PROUD to be from Jersey). Nathan--why would you make the 2-hour commute? Maybe for some of the eats FG mentioned--places like White Manna, all of the many many hot dog incarnations, Korean, Indian, and just for some pure Jersey. That said, I don't think there are many nicer or fine-dining spots in northern NJ that are worth the trip, especially since the Ryland Inn (where I never, unfortunately, was luc
  14. Here is an example of just how NOT difficult it is to get to Jersey: I commute to and from Upper Montclair/Clifton NJ every single day of my life in under an hour each way. By bus from Port Authority at that! And I have lived to speak of my travels! Ok that part about under an hour each way is longer when the dreaded Lincoln Tunnel gets backed up but it's on average under an hour. I'd venture to say that many of the great restaurants in north Jersey are within 10 to 15 miles from NYC and a lot of them are in Bergen county where there is pretty good NJ Transit bus access, better than in other
  15. After asking some people around the office, I've decided to go with Citarella in the city. And I think I'll go with Maria's for the pasta. They've been good in the past, and my ability to run around is slightly restricted due to FT work schedule. Thanks for all of the suggestions though. I've never actually been to Via Mia, though they're right in the old neighborhood so to speak.
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